Camano Island Fire & Rescue Seeking Voters’ Statement for Ballot Measure – May 18, 2015

Camano Island Fire and Rescue is presenting an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy renewal in the August, 2015, primary election. The levy funds EMS services and must be renewed every 6 years. The current EMS levy was last approved by voters in 2009 and will expire at the end of this year.

“We want to emphasize to our residents that we are not asking for a new levy or a levy increase,” said CIFR Chief Michael Schick. “This ballot is to renew our existing levy, which is expiring, enabling us to sustain the current level of emergency medical services to our community” he explained.

While the District’s explanatory statement of the ballot measure is available via the on-line voters’ guide, statements of advocacy for and against approval have yet to be submitted. A local citizens’ group promoting passage of the levy measure has been appointed to write the pro statement. The Board of Fire Commissioners is seeking an individual or committee to write an against statement for the voters’ guide.

“The law requires that both pro and con statements be included in the voters’ guide or neither will appear,” explained CIFR Assistant Chief Levon Yengoyan. “We want to ensure that all voters have access to the correct information and are able to understand both sides of the ballot measure” he added.

If anyone is interested in writing the against statement for the District, please contact Assistant Chief Levon Yengoyan at 360-387-1512 or via email at [email protected]. Detailed information regarding the submittal requirements can be found online at https://wei.sos.wa.gov/county/island/en/Elections/CandidateInfo/Pages/OnlineVotersGuideAdministrativeRules.aspx.